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Fackenheim, Emil Ludwig (1916–2003)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-J045-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Fackenheim is best known for his account of authentic philosophical and Jewish responses to the Nazi Holocaust. Fackenheim’s thought, indebted to German philosophy, always had a practical, existential purpose. He aimed, consistently, to show how philosophical and theological thought could pay attention to lived experience in order to gain the understanding it sought. In this way, he exposed the varied ways in which thought and life, ideas and history, are interdependent. Philosophical and religious thought are grounded in historical experience and give direction to that experience; life is the ground of reflection and derives its meaning from it.

Citing this article:
Morgan, Michael L.. Fackenheim, Emil Ludwig (1916–2003), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-J045-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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